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In this unique book, you will learn, step-by-step, how to remove conflict and restore love in any relationship. You will learn what creates love and what destroys it. You will discover how to end the cycle of conflict, release resentment and restore your peace of mind. Bills experience as a former divorce attorney provides rare insight into the nature of relationships. You will discover something about yourself and your relationships that will change your life forever. -- From the Publisher --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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As a former divorce attorney, I discovered that love itself is never enough to have a relationship work. The divorce courts are full of people who love each other. It's the experience of love that makes the difference. If I interact with you in a way that has you feel loved, our relationship will be great. I wrote this book to show people how to put the experience of love back in their relationships.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Return to the Heart; 2nd edition (January 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1878410253
  • ISBN-13: 978-1878410252
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #817,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I was born in Houston and raised in Arizona. I went to undergraduate school at Arizona State and law school at the University of Houston. I then spent four years in the Marine Corps. They called me 'Captain Bill.'

After the Marine Corps, I became a divorce attorney. My focus was on having my clients heal their relationships, one human being to another. As a result, 15 % of my clients never divorced and the ones who did were able to part as friends. I learned a lot about what creates and destroys love.

In 1985, I closed my law practice and put all my focus on showing people how to heal relationships and have their lives work. Since then, I have led over 2,000 workshops and have worked with thousands of people.

My first book, How To Heal A Painful Relationship, was featured on Oprah and became a national best seller. I have also written Miracles Are Guaranteed and Get Your Power Back.

You can learn more about my work by visiting www.masteryoflife.com, www.relationshipseminars.net, www.divorceasfriends.com, and www.billferguson.com.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 15, 1999
Format: Paperback
This book is truly changing my life! We may not realize, until reading this book, how many painful relationships we have (work, family, significant other, etc.), how much of that pain we either create or return, how many expectations we have of others, and how much we try to change others to suit our "shoulds". More importantly, we also don't realize how much healing power we have within us to greatly improve these same relationships! Mr. Ferguson gives us big hope, and then makes that hope tangible by teaching very practical, logical, sensible ways that we can change ourselves to change our relationships. Thank you, Mr. Ferguson, for giving me the hope and the tools to allow my heart to love others as I've wanted to for so long.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 19, 1999
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Mr. Ferguson is truely a God-send. The information in this book should be mandatory reading for all married couples whether they are considering divorce or not. Even singles would benefit from the information in this book. Many people trapped in the cycle of conflict with there life are not even aware where the problem is. This book gives us insight and points us in the right direction. Thank you Mr. Ferguson.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Rena Abe on November 5, 2009
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My ex-boyfriend cheated on me before. But I somehow forgave him and stayed with him while he lost his career during this bad economy. I loved him, but I always had this feeling that he would cheat on me again, I always had to deal with this unthinkable anxiety and negative feeling about his faithfulness even after having his promise not to cheat on me again.

I bought my Kindle recently, and I was browsing through the Kindle store just to see what was available, and I came across with this book. I had to admit it; I knew I was in a painful relationship with all the anxiety and worry. I bought the book, and I took memo as I read. At the end, I was a different person. I decided to let my relationship go although I loved him more than anything. I realized that it was not healthy at all for me or him after reviewing my situation as I read this book.

I finished reading this book yesterday, and I became a single woman today.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By 52 in CO on November 23, 2008
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Please read this book. To say this is the most important book I've ever read after the Bible is an understatement. I cannot strongly enough express my heartfelt recommendation for these simple, elegantly written, true words of how to place hope and faith in action. This book will give you insight, perhaps not the kind you're expecting; in fact, it's not what you're expecting.

That is what makes this message unlike any other. Seriously, it is all true, based on our (wife) life changing relationship experience this book inspired. Bill's book saved a marriage of 20 years. [also help from his brother Randy Ferguson - LCAProject.com] Nothing I've done or read has been more transformational than this work. Enough said.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By F. Chang on October 18, 2008
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This is a great book that taught me how to let go. I'm going through a difficult separation process right now and it has given me the strength and the insights to let go and find my peace of mind. The book is not written with a lot of psychology wordiness but rather straight to the point with simple language that anyone can understand...

I would recommend this book to anyone who is going through a separation or divorce in their marriage.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katja on December 7, 2009
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The book was recommended to me by a recent ex-boyfriend of mine and upon reading it, my emotions regarding our breakup were changed completely. I had pretty much suffered a bit of a nervous breakdown, started going to therapy, and still felt horrible. Then I ordered this book. I read each chapter, making sure I really absorbed what the author was saying. The book is repetitious, in that certain ideas are mentioned over and over- but that is why it was such a success with me. Changing one's views and emotions about relationships is a difficult undertaking. The succinct, simple delivery methods of Bill Ferguson were much appreciated. This is a self help book that truly worked for me. You have to actively participate, and make it a part of your life. I made sure I was honest with myself when I thought about the things he discussed. You have to be true to yourself. I would highly recommend this book to family and friends going through a difficult time with a partner. I believe it can change lives, because it changed mine.
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This book gave me great tools for arguing with my husband. Before I felt like I was always being railroaded by him and therefore I could never get my point across so it ended badly, with almost no resolution, leaving me with feelings of being bullied and definitely not listened to. However, with this new set of skills I am now armed with, I can put up a better defense when there is a disagreement between us. Not only are you given the tools, but you are also given the “whys” the other person is behaving in certain instances (he gives helpful examples), this was useful to me personally. Finally I can now go into arguments with certainty knowing how to appropriately execute them so my husband clearly will hear what I am saying & what I am aggravated over. More importantly each argument is now resolved satisfactorily to us both and above all we fight fair. I no longer allow my husband to assume, put words in my mouth or misconstrue my words. My thanks to this author.
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